Three Die From Fresh Lassa Fever Outbreak In Ekiti

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Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole

By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

A fresh case of Lassa fever has been confirmed in Ekiti State.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rotimi Ojo who made this known in Ado-Ekiti,the state capital said that five out of the eight suspected case in the State,tested negative while one was uncertain and the last one pending as at press time.

Dr. Ojo added that the patient that tested positive and two others have
passed away.

Stressing that there was no cause for alarm in the State,the Commissioner however noted that the State Government was taking proactive steps in surveillance activities that involved all residents due to the some recorded cases and deaths in neighbouring States.

He assured that the State Disease Control team has been activated while the process of sensitizing the people with jingles, adverts and other communication media were ongoing.

Ojo said that similar actions taken during the 2016 outbreak were
successful adding that the epidemic was perfectly controlled and the
identified patient,who was properly managed,survived.

According to him, the three isolation centres at Ido Federal teaching
Hospital, Ido-Ekiti; Oba Adejuyigbe General Hospital, Ado-Ekiti and the
Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti are still operational.

He urged all stakeholders including health practitioners, teachers,
traditional rulers, religious leaders as well as community and opinion
leaders to join hands with the State Government to prevent the spread of the disease in the State.

Dr. Ojo advised people in the State to avoid self medication and keeping sick people at home adding that any unusual increase in temperature or fever must be reported to the nearest health facility.

The Commissioner also stressed the importance of environmental sanitation practices and general cleanliness saying that hand-washing, good food storage as well as practice and enforcement of infection prevention and control at various health facilities cannot be compromised.

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